Just about every week, Cynthia Bydlinski sends a fun summary to Debbie Morrill about the activities of the Art Therapy Group. I've commented many times before, but I love the way she ties together the arts. bringing in poetry and music and then helping the artists in the group move into their "visual art making."
Here's a new chapter thanks to her circle of artists.
It was a glorious Tuesday morning, our view outside the SFC windows was filled with the colors, shapes and images of in bloom flowers. Our artists gathered around our table, Vivian, Anita, Jeanne, Laverne, Bill and Richard, were all invited to focus thoughts, imaginations, creativity on summertime gardens. It’s June. A time to be in the garden. Planting seeds. Watching flowers grow. Hearing bees buzz and hum. Seeing birds flit above. It’s the season for watching the sun rise and the moon descend as our gardens grow around us, surrounding us with beauty, filling our spirits with tranquility.
After vocal warm-ups, Joyce and I asked everyone to join in and sing a song, Sunshine on My Shoulders. The John Denver tune from the 70s has a deceptively simple melody but folks quickly caught on. Then it was time for gentle movements + sounds inspired by and that harken back to being in the garden—dragonflies swooping, purple irises growing, gardeners planting.
Now we were all ready for visual art making. With watercolor paints and cut-out paper petal shapes in front of us, each artist painted their petals in ways and in colors that were most meaningful and inspiring. These petal shapes were then glued together at the end to create a blooming flower. (Green paper cut into stem+petal shapes helped foster our creative blooming.)
We kept it simple. We went back to our roots. And, here’s what bloomed in our gardens on Tuesday morning:
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.